Fantasy Football Start'em, Sit'em for Week 6
Going into Thursday Night's matchup against the Bears, the Giants had many problems and one of them was a lack of a rushing game.
With a pair of recently re-signed backs, the Giants rushing attack got back on track last night even though they fell to 0-6 on the season.
Giving the team their first 100-yard rusher this season, Brandon Jacobs rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. While few likely started Jacobs this week, those that did reaped huge rewards.
Every week, I put together a list of players that may be worthy of starting in your fantasy league(s) and those that deserve to be on your fantasy bench.
Of course, a huge factor in determining which players to start (or sit) is the rest of your roster and depth of your league. In addition, the Falcons and Dolphins are on bye this week.
Looking ahead to the rest of the games, here are some players to consider starting in Week 6:
QB - Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (vs. TEN)
Wilson is averaging less than 200 passing yards and only 25.4 pass attempts per game, but he has thrown for six of his eight touchdowns in the past three games. In addition, Wilson has more rushing attempts (40) than any other quarterback in the league.
Even though the Titans have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, they have faced some relatively low-powered aerial assaults (Chiefs, Jets, etc.). I can see Wilson throwing for 250 yards, rushing for 50 yards and scoring two touchdowns in his matchup this week.
RB - Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos (vs. JAX)
The Broncos are nearly four-score favorites over the Jaguars and it means that we could see more of the team's rushing attack than in most weeks. Especially if this game gets out of hand early, we could also see more Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman than usual as well giving both of them flex upside.
No team is allowing more rushing yards per game (160.6) than the Jaguars, who also allow 4.9 yards per rush attempt. It could be time for some more rock, paper and scissors.
RB - DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers (at MIN)
Although he has yet to score a touchdown this season, Williams is fifth in the NFL in rushing yards per game (82.5). Through four games, Williams has 74 carries for 330 yards and six receptions for 41 yards.
The Vikings have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season.
RB - Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills (vs. CIN)
While C.J. Spiller has more talent and upside than Jackson at this point of their careers, it's Jackson that has been much more productive and consistent among the team's backs.
Through five games, Jackson has 65 carries for 309 yards and four touchdowns plus 17 receptions for 153 yards. In addition, he has double-digit fantasy points in all five games this season.
With the Bills starting Thaddeus Lewis, they will likely rely heavily on Jackson and Spiller this week even though it's not a particularly favorable matchup against the Bengals.
RB - Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers (vs. IND)
Only Chicago's Matt Forte, who has played six games already, has more receptions than Woodhead (31) among running backs. Since the season opener, Woodhead has a total of 29 receptions, 311 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns in four games. Woodhead has at least five receptions in each of the past four games and is on pace for 99.2 receptions this season.
Meanwhile, teammate Ryan Mathews is dealing with a concussion and did not practice on Thursday, which puts his status for the Monday Night matchup in question.
As noted earlier, the Jaguars are four-TD underdogs on Sunday and that means garbage time will make an early appearance in this game. Although they won't be able to keep up with the Broncos high-powered offense, they will certainly throw it often enough to generate fantasy points.
Shorts, who leads the NFL in targets (62), and Blackmon, who had 136 yards and a score in his return last week, should both be WR2 options this week.
WR - Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. PHI)
After a bye week, Jackson appears to be recovered from the rib injury that slowed him down in Week 4. The other thing that slowed him down was his quarterback and unfortunately the bye week did nothing to change that.
That said, the Eagles have allowed more fantasy points to opposing wide receivers than any other defense this season. Except against the conservative Chiefs offense, the Eagles have allowed receivers to tally more than 200 receiving yards and multiple touchdowns in all four of their other games this season.
WR - Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns (vs. DET)
In the offseason, Gordon was one of my favorite players to target in drafts and the suspension was actually a positive for owners that wanted to draft him at a discount. Now that he's back from suspension, he's an every-week WR2 (or better). Gordon has at least 71 yards in all three of his games and a score and double-digit fantasy points in two of three.
The Lions have allowed more than 200 yards and a total of three touchdowns to wide receivers in their past two games.
TE - Garrett Graham, Houston Texans (vs. STL)
With Owen Daniels out for a while due to a broken fibula, Graham will get a larger role within the offense going forward. He has scored a touchdown in three of the team's five games so far this season and he's a borderline TE1 this week.
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Here are some players to possibly sit for Week 6:
QB - Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (at CLE)
With Calvin Johnson sidelined last week, Stafford struggled against a fantasy-friendly pass defense with only 14 fantasy points. Johnson is shaping up to be a game-time decision this week against the Browns.
If he plays, Megatron will be matched up with Joe Haden, one of the league's better young cornerbacks. The Browns have not allowed a 300-yard passer this season and have allowed only two passing touchdowns — and none in the past three weeks.
RB - Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots (vs. NO)
Assuming Ridley returns to the field this week after being inactive in Week 5, it's hard to have any confidence in him as a fantasy option. Ridley has had exactly 11 carries in each of his past two games played and the team will certainly use a mix of Ridley, LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden against the Saints this week.
RB - Bilal Powell, New York Jets (vs. PIT)
Surprisingly, the Steelers have the league's most generous fantasy defense against running backs this season. Even though they are allowing only 3.8 yards per carry, they are allowing 122.8 rushing yards per game, which ranks 25th in the league. Only the Browns (eight) have allowed more rushing touchdowns than the Steelers (six).
That said, the Jets have a full complement of backs now with Chris Ivory healthy and Mike Goodson back from suspension. In the process, Powell had a season-low 13 touches against the Falcons last week. For me, Powell is only a flex option this week.
RB - Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona Cardinals (at SF)
Mendenhall scored a touchdown last week so he had a solid fantasy day, but he was relatively ineffective otherwise. He gained only 43 yards on 17 carries (2.5 yards per carry).
Meanwhile, rookie Andre Ellington has been much more productive averaging 6.7 yards per carry — more than double Mendy's 3.2 YPC — this season. He had only seven carries last week, but that was a season high. If Mendy continues to struggle and Ellington continues to shine, I would expect the split to become more equitable over the course the season.
WR - Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. OAK)
Bowe has yet to have more than four receptions or 58 yards in any game this season. He has scored a touchdown in Week 2 and Week 4 (so perhaps he's due for another in Week 6), but he has limited upside. Bowe is averaging a career-low 10.8 yards per reception and there is no reason to expect that to improve.
WR - Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills (vs. CIN)
Not only is Thad Lewis getting his second career NFL start, but the Bengals pass defense has been stingy. They have not allowed a 300-yard passer since September — of 2012, that is. The Bills will likely rely heavily on their duo of Jackson and Spiller out of the backfield even more than usual. Johnson is not much more than a flex option this week.
WR - Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams (at HOU)
With four or less fantasy points in all but one game this season, Austin has had only six fantasy points total in his past three games. No team has allowed fewer fantasy points to opposing receivers this season than the Texans, who held the 49ers receivers to only two receptions for 21 yards last week.
WR - Eddie Royal, San Diego Chargers (vs. IND)
Since catching five touchdown passes in the first two weeks, Royal barely has as many receptions (seven) in his next three games as he had scores in Weeks 1 and 2. Cooling off considerably, few would consider starting Royal this week, but he would be third among the team's receivers that I'd prefer to start. I'd rather start either Vincent Brown or rookie Keenan Allen over Royal.
TE - Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams (at HOU)
Cook had a huge week in the opener (7/141/2) and since then, it's been dud after dud after dud. Cook has a total of 11 fantasy points in his four games since the opener and has a total of 13 receptions for 125 yards and no scores during that span. In fact, he's the second-best fantasy tight end in this game even with Daniels out.
More Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings:
- Week 6 Fantasy Football QB Rankings
- Week 6 Fantasy Football RB Rankings
- Week 6 Fantasy Football WR Rankings
- Week 6 Fantasy Football TE Rankings
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